Lots of cats and explosives found in home, artifact thief sentenced, Obama opens big lead in NY, graduation prankster wants his costume back

Animal control investigators found about 60 cats -- three of them dead -- in a house in Ravena yesterday. They also found grenades, land mines and a laser-guided rocket (it's unclear whether explosives were live or not). Police described the home owners as collectors of war memorabilia. [TU] [CBS6]

Jerry Jennings' proposed budget for the City of Albany has people thinking he will almost certainly be running for re-election next year. As one council member noted: the amount budgeted for street and sidewalk repair was tripled for next year. Jennings has been mayor since 1994. [TU]

Schenectady County is no longer in the top 10 nationally for highest taxes as a percentage of home value -- it's now 12th in the nation, according to a tax think tank. Homeowners in the county pay 2.3 percent of the value of their homes in taxes. (Of note: the county's proposed budget for next year includes 13 percent tax increase.) [Daily Gazette] [Daily Gazette]

Daniel Lorello, the guy who stole artifacts from the NYS Library, was sentenced to two to six years in prison yesterday. He also has to pay $125,000 in restitution and give his personal collection to the library. [Daily Gazette]

It looks the man hit and killed by a car yesterday in Clifton Park may have stepped in front of the vehicle intentionally. Police say the man left a note in his car "regarding his despondency." [Saratogian]

A Siena poll reports Barack Obama's lead in New York is now 22 points over John McCain -- a poll three weeks ago had indicated Obama's lead was 5 points. [Biz Review]

The the Saratoga County Board of Elections says it's gotten an "unreal" number of requests for absentee ballots. In this case, an unreal amount is about 3,500 so far. [Saratogian]

MVP, the health plan, will be moving into two floors of the re-developed Center City Complex in Schenectady. [Daily Gazette]

Calvin Morett, the guy who ran across the stage of the Saratoga Springs High School graduation ceremony in a penis costume, says he will try to get the costume back from police. [Saratogian]


> Animal control investigators found about 60 cats [...]
> They also found [...] a laser-guided rocket

Laser Cats!. They are real! I knew it!

Lol. I can only imagine what kind of litigation he would have to go through to get his prank costume back!

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